Sunday, May 8, 2011

Home Is Where The Wins Are

With the end of an era in Los Angeles, another battle rages on between two teams who are very similar at the core.

Many basketball fans around the world rioted upon hearing the announcement that LeBron James and Chris Bosh would be joining Wade in Miami to form a super team. But a lot of people forget they weren't the first team to do this. In fact, the very blueprint Miami followed was inspired by the Boston Celtics and their formation of their own Big 3.

And now even thrown into a fight where only one of them can survive, the Heat and the Celtics continue to mirror each other in regards to the intensity they play with at home.

Call it a more efficient offense or a less attentive defense, but one thing's for sure, the home team has so far been the better team.

And this isn't surprising when you remember that both the Heat and the Celtics are unbeaten at home in the playoffs so far. After 3 games, here are both team's percentages as the home and away team.


Home: 46%FG
Away: 43%FG

Home: 45%3pt
Away: 22%3pt


Home: 50%FG
Away: 43%FG

Home: 50%3pt
Away: 53%3pt

Other than the fact that Boston has been lighting it up from 3 point land regardless of where they are playing, it's clear that both teams are hitting at a higher clip at home than on the road.

Even when you throw the stats out the window, anyone who actually watches the games can tell that both teams just play at a higher level in front of their home crowd.

Unfortunately for the Celtics, they only have three home games in this seven game series. Late in the season, both teams decided to duke it out for the 2nd seed in the East, knowing full well it could come in handy when they crossed paths in the post-season. With injuries mounting, the Celtics decided to ease up on the gas pedal (stating it wasn't worth it) and instead focused on getting to the playoffs healthy.

So now here the two teams stand, both brimming with talent and hunger for a championship. The only thing that sets them apart is that one team doesn't even have to win on the road to advance.

Don't be surprised if the Heat win in seven games.

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